Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Paco-Vicuña?
Paco-vicuñas are domesticated, fiber-producing animals farmed exclusively in the United States. This new camelid breed, distinguished by their superior fiber and majestic appearance, is producing the world’s newest and most rare luxury fiber.
Paco-vicuña literally means ‘Paco’–alpaca, and ‘Vicuña’–vicuña. These animals exhibit traits of both the vicuña (very dense, extremely fine fiber) and the alpaca (longer staple length, natural color variety, and domesticated attitude).
In 2002, the first paco-vicuñas were imported to the United States. Today, through the continuing and concentrated efforts of a successful US breeding program, there are over 600 animals in the US. These animals are registered with the Paco-Vicuña Registry, and owners follow strict standards and guidelines to protect and direct the breed.
What is Paco-Vicuña Fleece Like?
The exquisitely soft, warm, lightweight paco-vicuña fiber lofts beautifully and has been described as "touching a cloud." From fleece to finished product, paco-vicuña fibers can be processed by hand or commercial mills to produce roving, yarn, fabric, and finished items of the highest quality.
Paco-vicuña fiber consistently ranges between 14-16 microns (micron is the width measurement of a single strand - the smaller the micron, the finer the fiber) with 12 and 13 microns becoming more common. Annual paco-vicuña fiber staple lengths range between 1-4 inches, while most other luxury breeds produce 1-2 inches of fiber a year. The natural paco-vicuña color spectrum ranges from white to deep mahogany (rarest). These factors combine to deliver an extraordinary fiber.
How Popular are Paco-Vicuñas?
Coined as “the future of fiber,” paco-vicuñas are gaining popularity in the United States. With fibers that can only be rivaled with vicuñas, garments made with paco- vicuña fleece can sell for hundreds to thousands of dollars.
In addition to their premier fleece, paco-vicuñas are well-mannered animals. With sweet disposition, soft fur, and large, kind eyes, they are hard animals not to fall in love with.